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Case ID: 18695
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Saturday, Oct 1, 2011

County: Oklahoma

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: Anthony McCarrell

Four horses were taken from a property on the 3000 block of NE 19th Street in Oklahoma City this week. "They didn't have food, water and they didn't have proper care," Rodney Tesch said with OKC Animal Control.

Anthony McCarrell, 39, is charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty.

One of the horses had a head injury and had to be euthanized.

"The horse had a very bad infection on the head area and it was so bad that the animal had to be put down," Tesch said.

We stopped by McCarrell's home to get his side of the story.

He was not there but talked with us by phone.

He said, "The horses were given to me in that condition."

McCarrell said he's had two of them for three weeks and the other two, he's had about a year.

He said was nursing them back to health and has documents to prove it.

"I showed animal control receipts from when I've bought feed. I showed them receipts for the medical supplies, the penicillin and the ointment I had been putting on the horse that was injured," McCarrell said.

He said Animal Control told him they would take the horses to have their vet look at them and when he arrived at the shelter, he was informed of the charges.

But Tesch said this is not the first time they have been called about the care of his animals.

"We've dealt with this individual before and there's been minor issues in the past that he has corrected. But this time, it's gone overboard and the animals are not in good condition so we took the into protective custody," he said.

As an employee with the City of Oklahoma, officials tell us since McCarrell has not been convicted; this situation remains a personnel matter and they cannot discuss it.

Tesch said the horses should show improvement within the next three weeks and could achieve good health within the next eight months.


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